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L&K Saatchi & Saatchi Appoints Meraj Hasan as Vice-President Planning

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Meraj Hasan

L&K Saatchi & Saatchi has announced the appointment of Meraj Hasan as Vice-President Planning. Hasan joins L&K Saatchi & Saatchi from Reliance Industries Limited – Jio (4G initiative). He has over 15 years of experience across agencies like Lowe Worldwide, Y&R, Ogilvy, TBWA and McCann in the past. He will be based out of the Mumbai office of the agency.

He has worked on brands like TATA Sky, Airtel India and Sri Lanka, Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio (4G), Unilever (Pepsodent, Close-Up), Colgate Palmolive, Parle biscuits and confectionaries, Nivea, Standard Chartered Bank amongst others.

Anil S Nair, CEO and Managing Partner, L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, said, “Meraj’s appointment is part of a significant ramp up in our strategic planning division. Our sincere attempt is to make each and every brand at L&K Saatchi & Saatchi a Lovemark and hence give it the highest possible strategic input. Meraj comes as a leader who will drive this agenda across as many brands in the Mumbai office.”

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Category: India, New Hires

There Has Never Been A Better Time to Start Up, Says Praveen Kenneth

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

This article is written by Praveen Kenneth, Co-owner and Chairman, L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, India. It was first featured in the Economic Times.

I have always found inspiration in a very old saying, which I have been sharing with as many people as possible. It has proved itself to be real and true. I believe it’s the Holy Grail that we lost in the journey of time. It goes as follows: “Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself”.

If you can spare a moment on that thought and give it some wing, you will see some truth to it. The science that encompasses the space and time continuum of the Universe that that we live in, in reality, is centred around a seemingly singular purpose of “creation”.

And creation is nothing but a result of something or someone that set out to create. Everything around us is indeed a creation. From the Universe created by a perceived Divine, to the material world that mankind created around its own self.

From creating small groups of people and tribes for safety in the harsh world thousands of years ago, to the creation of kingdoms to empires, creation has always marked the progress of humankind, however much we complain of its imperfections. It created an opportunity of expression for life and living.

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Vivek Rao Appointed Chief Creative Officer – North at L&K Saatchi & Saatchi India

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Vivek Rao

This article first appeared on Campaign Brief Asia

L&K Saatchi & Saatchi India has appointed Vivek Rao as Chief Creative Officer – North. Rao comes with a 15 year testimony of working with global marketing communications companies and successfully driving growth and thought leadership for iconic global and local brands.

Commenting on the appointment, Anil S Nair – CEO and Managing Partner, L&K Saatchi & Saatchi said, “Vivek is not just a fantastic creative talent but an inspiring leader who carries his team along with him to glory. He is an absolute team player and therefore a fantastic fit with our culture. We are very excited to have him on board and are looking forward to his positive contribution towards our creative profile and ambition.”

On his new awaiting challenge Rao (pictured) said, “Having worked with stalwarts like Prasoon Joshi, Pops, Agnello Dias, Nitesh Tiwari, Ashish Khazanchi, Prasanna Sankhe and Satbir Singh over the years, I was keen to apply and use all that I’ve learnt in a place that’s growing at a furious pace. Praveen Kenneth, Anil Nair and the core team have done a magnificent job in creating L&K into an incredible force, add Saatchi & Saatchi’s global might to that and you can see why it’s a place that’s hitting top gear right now.”

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Category: India, New Hires

An Anything-Is-Possible India

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015


This article was written by Praveen Kenneth, co-owner/chairman and managing director of L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, and was first published  on Campaign Asia Pacific

Four trends and five tactics to take India by branding storm.

Before we begin, a full disclosure: my perspective is a die-hard pro-India one. It is always a great time to be an Indian. This is a country that has unparalleled wisdom to learn from, unbridled entertainment to be mesmerized by, and unequaled possibilities to grow with.

Having said that, now is still perhaps one of the great-er times in the life of the country and its people. With a humungous population of consumers, (marketers bringing) brands from all over the world, and globally on-par technology, this is the place and the time where anything is possible. The dynamic manifests in the four following disparate trend examples:

Long live the niche
While the mass-market engine is chugging along at its broad pace, niche markets are leap frogging disproportionately forward as smaller, nimbler, customized, high-value economies. If you have an idea, the conviction and the rigor to see it through, there is a (ecommerce) market wanting to consume it.

Rise of the un-metro
From Levis to Apple to L’Oreal, technology has ensured availability of all top-line brands in all the far corners of the country. In turn accessibility has tapped into latent desire. Bang! The fastest growth ever now comes from non-metro areas of India, in categories as diverse as premium cars to fashion and personal care.

The new value
Often called L.I.V.E. (Low Value Income Explorers) this consumer segment is perhaps the most prolific experimenter with brands in India. Open to influences, they are driving up trade and demand for value-priced and better-quality products.

The future is bright
Literacy, per capita income, exposure to technology and media are all seeing unprecedented upswings; so is the average Indian’s self-belief and confidence. The result is a generation that is impatient to experience life

So, how can marketers take advantage of these emerging opportunities?

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L&K Saatchi & Saatchi Win Siemens Home Appliances

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Law & Kenneth

L&K Saatchi & Saatchi has bagged the creative mandate of the Siemens brand of home appliances, a part of BSH Home Appliances. The account was won following a multi-agency pitch.

Anil S Nair, CEO and managing partner, L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, said, “Siemens is a very respected brand in the home appliances category and we are honoured that they have chosen us to be their creative partner. We hope to work closely with the marketing team to strengthen their leadership in the premium segment in the coming years.”

Bhavya Shah, head – brand marketing, BSH Home Appliances, said, “We are glad to welcome onboard L&K Saatchi & Saatchi to manage the mainline creative services of Siemens appliances in India. We as a company are driven by innovation and cutting edge technology, and Saatchi & Saatchi matched our expectations on scale, experience and the same drive to redefine the market. We are positive that this partnership will help us strengthen our position in India and go on to redefine Indian homes.”

Category: India, New Business

Vinay Venkatesh Joins Digital L&K Saatchi & Saatchi

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Vinay Venkatesh

Vinay Venkatesh has been appointed chief creative officer of Digital L&K Saatchi & Saatchi.

“Anil Nair, CEO and managing partner, Digital L&K Saatchi & Saatchi, says, “Vinay Venkatesh understands the digital engagement idiom, having worked on large engagement centric brands like Vodafone and Diageo. His passion to bring ideas to life and his exhilarating vision towards different situations will help not just our agency in scaling new heights, but will also benefit our clients a great deal.”"

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Category: India, New Hires

Stop Marketing, Start Elevating

Friday, January 30th, 2015


This article was written by Kevin Roberts, Executive Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide, and first published in The Hindu Business Times.

The next five years will throw a lot of cold water on marketers, waking them up to a burning challenge. At the heart of it is a global tech-fuelled surge of power from brands to people, and today it is sweeping through a younger, assertive hooked-up India.

The wave of Indian connectivity and empowerment blows my mind. According to IAMAI/BCG, India will have 550 million Internet users by 2018, with internet users in rural areas touching 210 million. Online video consumption has doubled in two years. Around two-thirds of Indians are sharing videos on mobile. Mobile Internet is a monster – India is the fastest growing mobile phone market in the world. Next year it should pass the US to become the second biggest smartphone market, after China. Online retail and e-commerce, too, are on a tear.

India is rushing toward a future of networked aspiration and brand expectation. There are some first responses. Marketing in digital is getting more purpose-driven, video content-focused and regional-/ local- / personal-orientated. The rise of the bottom of the pyramid is on the radar. Offline shopping is becoming more experiential, and retail is off on the journey to create an omnichannel experience for people.

Evolved consumer markets such as the US signpost the winning road in this future. Tech-drunk “screenagers” have gained instant power to assess, ignore, compare and switch brands, and expectations of brands are on the rise. In emerging markets, the same happens, just faster! New consumers accelerate up and right off the brand curve.

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Where Are the Advertising Industry’s Billionaires?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Praveen Kenneth

Praveen Kenneth, co-owner and Chairman of L&K Saatchi & Saatchi India, asks “where are the advertising industry’s billionaires?” and reflects on the advertising industry’s need for a more sustainable business model. The Op-Ed by Praveen first appeared in The Economic Times.

Norman Vincent Peale shares a now famous conversation he had with billionaire JC Penny, who was ninety-­five years old, on his Philosophy of Problem. Apparently JC replied, “Well, Norman, actually I’m grateful for all my problems. As each of them was overcome, I became stronger and stronger, and more able to meet those yet to come. I grew on my difficulties.”

Difficulties. That’s a great place. The world of advertising is a difficult business. But I have wondered that for all the difficulties an agency owner goes through, I haven’t come across billionaire ad agency owners, barring just two of them globally.

Millionaire ad agency owners? Yes, quite a handful. But billionaires? Where are they? The advertising world’s Zuckerberg, Jobs, Buffet have been missing.

For the world’s second oldest profession, it’s not an inspiring ad.

Surely a “something to think about” reflection for anyone who is considering starting an ad agency. I am yet to come across any serious minded
enterprise that was started to stay little.

Let’s not forget, advertising is all about a big idea that drives a big shift using big data. Somewhere it seems to have missed the real big money.

I haven’t found the answer, and I have stopped searching for one.

This article is not about ideas. It’s about the missing money in this beautiful ideas business called advertising

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